by Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: June 23rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355–a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War–perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and the novels of Julie Berry.
Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presents an unthinkable opportunity. The body of a young woman floating in the sea gives Frannie the chance to escape her brutal stepfather–and she takes it.
Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington’s Culper spy ring as agent 355. Frannie believes in the fight for American liberty–but what will it cost her? Inspired by the true “355” and rich in historical detail and intrigue, this is the story of an unlikely New York society girl turned an even unlikelier spy.
– What is your writing process like? Are you a pantser or plotter?
I have been both at different points in my career but, generally, I can say that I am a plotter who likes to go rogue! I like to have a map—but I’m very comfortable venturing into unchartered territory if the inspiration strikes. Often, that’s when I know I’m getting to the good stuff!
– What was it like to see the cover of your novel for the first time?
Awesome. It’s a moment that never gets old. You have this idea of what your story is, and it’s 100% yours—totally inhabited in your mind. So to get a cover is the first real moment that a mirror is held up to your story, in a way, and you see what it looks like to other people.
–What books are on your TBR right now?
My TBR is soooo long! So here are probably the next five books I’ll get to:
BEACH READ by Emily Henry
WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo
MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
21 LESSONS FOR THE 21st CENTURY by Yuval Noah Harari
Thanks so much for hosting me!
VERONICA ROSSI is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the UNDER THE NEVER SKY series. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, grew up in California, and graduated from UCLA. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons, one of whom just surpassed her in height. Find her online at veronicarossi.com or on Twitter at @rossibooks.